It is with great sadness we announce that Jean Vanier, CC, GOQ, founder of L’Arche and son of Vanier Institute founders General The Right Honourable Georges P. Vanier and Madame Pauline Vanier, passed away peacefully this morning at the age of 90.

A lifelong humanitarian, Jean spent much of his life advocating for people living with intellectual disabilities, creating L’Arche in 1964 to provide opportunities to live independently and participate in daily life activities together in a familial setting.

We send our sincere condolences to Jean’s family and the L’Arche communities around the world.

In his last message, a few days ago, Jean said:

“I am deeply peaceful and trustful. I’m not sure what the future will be but God is good and whatever happens it will be the best. I am happy and give thanks for everything. My deepest love to each one of you.”


Published on May 7, 2019